The trailer was breezy and songs were etched in your mind but the film as a whole just does not live up to the hype and expectation. In fact, Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah is heart breakingly disappointing.
The director Anees’s intentions to provide a feel good romantic entertainer on the lines of a Sooraj Barajatya or a Bhansali fails as he is let down by a weak script. The screenplay is a mess and presentation is amatuerish, that leaves you bewildered.
Raghavan (Jai) and Vishnu Priya (Nazriya) meets on a train from Chennai to Coimbatore and are travelling under false identities as Abubaker and Ayesha. Both are working for IT companies and they fall in love. Since they are introduced to each other as Muslims, they continue their love affair pretending to be Abubacker and Ayesha. The hero goes to the extent of meeting a Muslim preacher, to learn more about the religion, while heroine tries to imbibe the goodness of its richness and culture from her best friend.
However, one day they discover their true identities and fall out of love. Both of them realise that they were in love with the dream-like character they had spun. Will they reunite as husband and wife in their own religion forms the rest of this half-baked film?
The films lacks a connect and situations thrown up are not properly explained. It looks like the director wanted to make a film on the rich cultural traditions of Islam, and at the same time keep it rooted in Hindu traditions. The execution in the end goes haywire and the twist in the climax is childish and a bit of a downer. The timid Abubacker alias Raghavan turning into an action hero is too much to stomach.
Jai is let down by a waferthin plot while Nazriya looks charming and once again proved her talent.The only silver lining in the film is the outstanding music of Ghibran, with ‘Chillendra Chillendra..’ and ‘Kannukul Pothi Vaithen..’ being the pick of the lot. Anees’s intentions are noble but his execution and lack of a strong story sticks out like a sore thumb.
Verdict – Below Average